Council of Europe
anti-torture Committee visits Georgia
delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture
and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) recently carried out a
five-day visit to Georgia.
At the outset of the visit, which began on 19 November 2012, the CPTâ€™s
delegation held high-level talks with the Georgian authorities. One issue
addressed was the effectiveness of the criminal investigations that had been
launched, following the publication on 18 September of video material containing
scenes of apparent serious ill-treatment of prisoners by staff in certain
penitentiary establishments. The legislative, administrative and other steps
being taken (and planned) by the Georgian authorities in respect of the
countryâ€™s prison system were also discussed.
The CPTâ€™s delegation met Tea TSULUKIANI, Minister of Justice, Sozar SUBARI,
Minister of Corrections and Legal Assistance, and Archil KBILASHVILI, Chief
Prosecutor. Further, the delegation held consultations with Tata KHUNTSARIA,
Acting Public Defender, and members of the Special Preventive Group of the
Public Defenderâ€™s Office. In addition, the delegation met Eka BESELIA and Chiora
TAKTAKISHVILI, respectively Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the Human
Rights and Civil Integration Committee of the Georgian Parliament.
Following the talks, the CPTâ€™s delegation visited Prison No.8 in Gldani and
Prison No.2 in Kutaisi, two of the establishments in which the alleged
ill-treatment was said to have occurred.
The visit was carried out by the following members of the CPT:
- LÉ™tif HÃœSEYNOV (Azerbaijani), President of the CPT and Head of delegation
- Haritini DIPLA (Greek), Acting 1st Vice-President of the CPT
- Djordje ALEMPIJEVIÄ† (Serbian)
- Celso DAS NEVES MANATA (Portuguese)
- Marzena KSEL (Polish)
- Ana RACU (Moldovan).
They were supported by Borys WÃ’DZ, Head of Division in the CPT's Secretariat.
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